New York is among nine states already cutting greenhouse gases from power plants that say proposed federal guidelines for future national reductions are welcome.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which sets pollution caps and requires using or buying credits to exceed them, says its states collectively have reduced carbon dioxide emissions from electrical generation by 40 percent since 2005.
However, the federal target by 2030 is another 44 percent cut for New York, based on 2012 pollution levels.
This Ford Escape and utility co. bucket truck (pictured below) are two examples of electric-drive vehicles available to municipal and rural electric cooperative systems in New York State under the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Municipal Electric Drive Program.
In December, the New York Power Authority approved $2 million in funding to help municipal and rural electric cooperative systems in New York State purchase electric-drive vehicles for use in their municipal fleets. But the future for electric cars in New York state is unclear.
Electric cars were popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and came back in vogue during the late 1990s, finding a spot in the marketplace as gasoline/electric hybrids. In the last year, fully-electric cars finally made a comeback in vehicles commercially produced by Nissan and Tesla.
More communities in Massachusetts are getting state financial help with local energy projects. The funding awarded Monday comes courtesy of landmark legislation passed four years ago that was designed to increase clean energy momentum. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.